All Aboard at the Engine Shed

Forty children on the Autistic spectrum and their families recently enjoyed a fun-filled afternoon thanks to the Holmer Green Model Railway Club and Beaconsfield Masons.

The Beaconsfield Committee for Freemasonry in the Community, which included Sean Boardman, Andy Sutton, Andy Barr and Rob Knock of Hall Barn and Graham Thorn of Penn and Tyler's Green Lodge got together with the Holmer Green Model Railway Club and Engine Shed to organise the event which took place in July. 

Engine Shed is a unique special interest facility for children and young people on the Autistic spectrum and their families which aims to provide opportunities for families to share and learn new strategies for promoting learning and social skills by using their love of trains as a starting point

The children experienced rides on the model trains and also had the opportunity to drive them! Having built up an appetite, the children and their families enjoyed a barbeque and a selection of delicious home-made cakes.

Sarah Snow, Coordinator for the Engine Shed commented:

“We really appreciate the efforts made to put on this day. We know that significant amounts of time and effort go into this event and we never take that for granted”

She had received an email from a delighted parent following the event which sums up a successful day:


My son loved yesterday. He cried when he got home telling everyone about driving the train - it made him emotional bless him!! Just wanted to thank you for a fantastic day."